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Why are light bulbs used for ideas in bullet journals?
In the late 19th century, before the development of practical techniques to reproduce photographs on the printed page, illustrations and cartoons were a mainstay of newspapers worldwide.
Editors would commission illustrations to depict events described in the articles. Early reports of Edison’s success with the electric light bulb were often illustrated with drawings of a dark room illuminated by a single lamp.
But it was the early twentieth-century cartoon, Felix the Cat, that cemented the idea of a light bulb as a new idea. Created more than a decade before Mickey Mouse, Felix was the most popular cartoon character of the silent-film era.
When Felix was thinking, symbols and letters would sometimes appear over his head, and he would often use them as props: question marks became ladders, and musical notes became vehicles.
It was in these symbolic images that we first see the light bulb used to represent a new idea.
The moment when we get an idea, is also referred to as an ‘Aha’, ‘Eureka’ or ‘light bulb’ moment.
So translating this to bullet journals – we are now familiar with bright ideas and light bulbs being used to show brain dumps or idea plans in our bullet journals.
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